U.S. Senators Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) welcomed the U.S. Senate's unanimous passage of H.R. 2019, a bill that eliminates taxpayer financed political party conventions. The bill redirects the savings to provide for a 10-year pediatric research program to be administered by the National Institutes of Health.
“I have long fought to end public subsidies for national political party conventions, which have become nothing more than elaborate parties. I am proud Congress finally heeded my call and passed this bipartisan proposal,” Udall said. “This common-sense idea will help save millions of dollars — and the president should sign it into law without delay.”
“The party is over for Washington politicians,” Coburn said. “Hardworking taxpayers will no longer have to fund summertime party junkets for the political class. I want to thank Leaders Reid and McConnell for their support of this measure and for agreeing to pay for new spending for pediatric medical research by eliminating spending for political conventions. Reid’s decision, in particular, sets an important precedent – and reverses past resistance – by paying for new spending by reducing spending elsewhere. Historically, Washington has considered that principle to be unusual. But in the real world it’s called common sense and living within your means. We need more of that in Washington. I look forward to the President quickly signing this bill into law so this egregious practice can end once and for all.”
Udall and Coburn have worked together to prohibit the use of Presidential Election Campaign Funds for political party nominating conventions, including introducing legislation last year and in the previous session of Congress.
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As we reflect on the third anniversary of the terrible tragedy of the Great East Japan Earthquake, we continue to remember the profound suffering that occurred from this tragic event. March 11 is a solemn day to remember those who lost their lives, and we again offer a message of consolation to their family and friends, and honor the resilience of the citizens of Japan.
As we did in the immediate aftermath, the people of the United States stand side-by-side with our Japanese friends as they continue the long task of rebuilding impacted lives and communities. Our immediate U.S. government assistance of over $100 million, the even larger outpouring of support in the form of private donations from the American people, and the response of over a dozen federal agencies to the tragedy were clear signs of our unwavering and enduring friendship and admiration for the Japanese people. The U.S.- Japan alliance will continue as the bedrock of peace and security in the Asia-Pacific.
As Japan continues to chart its sovereign path forward on the cleanup at the Fukushima site and works to determine the future of their energy economy, the United States stands ready to continue to assist our partners in this daunting, yet indispensable task. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Japan on the third anniversary of this tragedy.
Udall Leads Bipartisan Effort to Reimburse Colorado for Reopening Rocky Mountain National Park During 2013 Government ShutdownMark Udall's Senate Member Office (D-CO) posted a Press Release on March 11, 2014 | 3:50 pm - Original Item - Comments (View)
Mark Udall, chairman of the U.S. Senate National Parks Subcommittee, introduced bipartisan legislation today with U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) to reimburse Colorado and several other western states for the costs of reopening national parks during the irresponsible 2013 government shutdown. Colorado reopened Rocky Mountain National Park to support Estes Park in the wake of the devastating September 2013 flooding.
'The reckless government shutdown last year threatened Colorado's flood recovery and forced Colorado taxpayers to foot the bill to reopen Rocky Mountain National Park. This bipartisan proposal rights that wrong and ensures Coloradans do not pay the price for congressional gridlock,' Udall said. 'As chairman of the U.S. Senate National Parks Subcommittee, I understand the role our parks and public lands play in supporting Main Street businesses and fueling our thriving tourism and outdoor economy. This legislation underscores my commitment to making sure Congress supports these job-creating public resources.'
Udall has been a strong supporter of Colorado's national parks, monuments and recreation areas. Earlier this month, he highlighted the destructive effect the 2013 government shutdown had on communities like Estes Park, Cortez and other gateways to our nation's national parks.
Udall was the leading voice in Congress to help Colorado rebuild in the wake of the 2013 flood. He led the effort to secure Colorado $450 million to rebuild its flood-damaged roads, bridges and highways. He also has worked with the Colorado congressional delegation to ensure local communities have the tools they need to rebuild smarter and stronger.
Udall, who will serve as honorary chairman of Rocky Mountain National Park's 100th Anniversary Celebration, is a strong supporter of the role Colorado's public lands play in sustaining Colorado's high quality of life.